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The Charlotte Fetal Care Center, in Charlotte, NC, understands that every pregnancy is different and we approach every patient as an individual. During your consultation visit you will have a detailed ultrasound of your fetus or fetuses, possibly an echocardiogram depending on the condition we are evaluating, genetic counseling session if there is an underlying genetic predisposition to the condition, and a one on one counseling session with our fetal care physicians.
If appropriate, we will ask physicians from other specialties, such as Pediatric Cardiology, Neonatology, or Urology, to attend the counseling appointment so that we can have a collaborative discussion and all of your questions can be answered at one time.
Our fetal care team includes specialized physicians, nurses, counselors, and sonographers.
We strive to make your appointment as efficient as possible and will address any issue regarding your pregnancy whether medical or social. We have support teams available and at your service if needed.
We understand this can be a very emotional time for you and your family and we hope to make it as informative and smooth as possible. We look forward to providing you and your family the best care possible.
The purpose of the consultation visit is to best define the pregnancy issues for both the mother and the fetus or fetuses, to educate and inform the family of the underlying physiology of the condition and available treatment modalities, and to allow time for ongoing discussion and question/answer session with the family.
We understand that every pregnancy is different and we approach each patient as an individual. During your consultation visit you will have a detailed ultrasound of your fetus or fetuses, possibly an echocardiogram depending on the condition, genetic counseling if there is an underlying genetic predisposition to the condition, and a one-on-one consultation session with our fetal care physicians.
If appropriate, we will ask physicians from other specialties such as pediatric cardiology, neonatology, or urology, to attend the consultation so that we can have a collaborative discussion and all of your questions can be answered at one time.
The patient directs her own care. Many times women may choose to be "expectantly managed" or observed and do not wish to have an intervention. Other times, the patient may choose to be treated. In these cases, we try to perform the pertinent procedure as soon as feasible so that the patient can return home in a timely manner.
For example, the consultation portion of the visit is done in one day. If a fetal treatment is chosen, the procedure is generally scheduled for the following day. The mother would stay in the hospital one night and then could be discharged home if she lives locally. If the patient has traveled a great distance, then she can stay at our Hospitality House (see local reservations) or another local venue and return in 3-4 days for a postoperative evaluation. After this point, the patient would return to her referring physician with detailed recommendations for follow up.
In addition to our state-of-the-art facility and healthcare team, the Charlotte Fetal Care Center is dedicated to the complete care of the patient. As such, our team includes a Fetal Care Coordinator and Fetal Care Counselor who provide supportive services for the family during their course of treatment here at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Fetal Care Coordinator will facilitate all of the logistical aspects of patient care including scheduling necessary appointments, communicating with the patient to ensure understanding of the consultation schedule, and providing an immediate point-of-contact for patient questions.
Given the heightened anxiety and emotion that often accompany a complicated diagnosis, our Fetal Care Counselor is available to provide psychosocial support and to address patient-specific concerns regarding the diagnosis, proposed course of treatment, future reproductive implications, and potential familial impact.